CE Credit

Assessments, Education and Prevention in the Dental Home

Welcome to the training on Assessments, Education and Prevention in the Dental Home provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Credit hours: 1.25 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps dentists and other dental care professionals to implement nationally recognized dental quality measures such as individualized caries risk assessments and age-appropriate anticipatory guidance to improve oral health for patients ages 3 through 20 years.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps dentists and other interested dental care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the role of the dental home in providing preventive oral health care for children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Specify how to perform caries risk assessments and provide age-appropriate anticipatory guidance as part of routine dental exams.
  3. Apply the schedule of preventive and comprehensive oral health services recommended for children and adolescents enrolled in Texas Health Steps.

NOTE: References to parents in this module also imply guardians or caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 8/31/2022.

This module was released on 8/27/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Dental Managed Care Organizations (DMOs) Contact Information

  • DentaQuest Provider Services Contact Center
  • MCNA Dental Provider Relations
  • UnitedHealthcare Dental

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Oral Health FAQs for Families.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Patient Education.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: My Children’s Teeth website.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Oral Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: My Water’s Fluoride, an online lookup for consumers interested in whether their local water system is fluoridated.

Materials from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University offer basic oral hygiene information specific to children with special health-care needs.

Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Oral health care website.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 2-1-1 Texas.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Insurekidsnow.gov website offers an online Find a Dentist tool to help families locate a dentist near their home.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). A recommended short video of a dentist and his staff using the “D-Termined Program of Repetitive Tasking and Familiarization in Dentistry” behavioral management approach to help young children with ASD understand and feel comfortable with dental procedures.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Oral Health for Children with Disabilities fact sheet.

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic, ScienceDirect and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.